Cathy Yan’s upcoming DC Comics adaptation Birds of Prey is obviously female-centric.  This means if it’s awful and it flops it will be the fault of men.  It’s the Ghostbusters 2016 defence.

The head bad guy is Gotham’s big bad Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask from Batman’s rogue gallery.

McGregor recently spoke with Premiere Magazine and said what drew him in was how the film deals with a feminist point of view:

“What interested me with Birds of Prey is that it’s a feminist film. It is very finely written.

There is in the script a real look at misogyny, and I think we need that. We need to be more aware of how we behave with the opposite sex. We need to be taught to change.

Misogynists in movies are often extreme: they rape, they beat women and it is legitimate to represent people like that, because they exist and they are obviously the worst.

But in the Birds of Prey dialogue, there is always a hint of everyday misogyny, of those things you say as a man you do not even realize, mansplaining and it’s in the script in a very subtle way. I found that brilliant.”

McGregor, remember, left his long term wife and mother of his children recently for a younger woman he met on a set.  Maybe he is trying to jump aboard the atonement train?

Birds of Prey is set to be released in cinemas on February 7th, 2020.